General Conference 2020

The General Conference of The United Methodist Church will meet May 5-15, 2020, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Conference will be hosted by The Dakotas-Minnesota Annual Conference and may have significant impact on the future of The Church in relation to the topic of human sexuality and the Church.
General Conference 2020 Petition Submission Process Opens
Petitions for consideration by the 2020 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary now through September 18, 2019. According to church law, “Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference…”.

U.S. Elections See Shift in GC2020 Delegates
Months after a bruising 2019 special United Methodist General Conference, U.S. annual conference voters elected a significantly different slate of delegates to make big decisions in 2020.

Biblical Comparison Shapes GC2020 Theme
A well-known Bible verse provides inspiration for the theme of the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis.

Petitions for consideration by the 2020 General Conference may be submitted through Sept. 18, 2019.

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Mike Womak

“I am a life-long, multi-generational Methodist…I never expected to be a member of the Indiana General Conference delegation. It is an honor I take very seriously. I feel a keen sense of responsibility to pass on to my 3 children and 8 grandchildren the love for Jesus and his church that was passed down to me by my faithful ancestors.” Continue Reading

Posted November 18, 2019

Rev. Adriane Curtis

serving to GC2020 as an alternate clergy delegate

“Our denominational system is not perfect. Sometimes it even seems frustratingly inflexible. Yet, our democratic-style system was developed to empower and give voice to ALL of us. Our Methodist roots uphold the value of every single human being as a beloved child of God. Even more, our theology upholds a God that brings us together for the sake of building God’s kingdom here on earth. We do that work together at General Conference.” Continue Reading

Posted November 12, 2019

John Shive

serving to GC2020 as an alternate lay delegate

“While I have been active in my local church, serving as lay leader, on committees, planning and participating in outreach, and even as treasurer; I had not gotten involved in Annual Conference or General Conference. So, I wanted to understand more of how business was conducted, and what issues were being discussed. Also, being a representative from a small, more rural church, I wanted our voice to be heard as well and wanted our church to be informed in return.” Continue Reading

Posted November 4, 2019

Rev. Dr. Aleze M. Fulbright

As I reflect on the question, as to why I availed myself to serve T he United Methodist Church as a delegate to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences, the word that continues to resonate with this calling is: SERVICE. The simple definition of service is, “the action of helping or doing work for someone else.” Continue Reading

Posted October 28, 2019

Chris Hancock

As a delegate, we are called to do many things, however, the one question I often find myself asking is, “How am I manifesting my identity as His adopted child?” Continue Reading

Posted October 7, 2019

Rev. Ronnie Bell

I’m a newly ordained United Methodist minister, serving at Cumberland UMC, the easternmost Methodist church in Marion County. I’ve also been elected by my clergy colleagues to serve as part of the delegation going to Minneapolis to help guide the decisions of our denomination on a way forward, particularly on the issue of human sexuality, but on many other issues and concerns as well. Continue reading

Posted October 1, 2019

Rev. Jill Howard

Being a delegate to the 2020 General Conference is a mixed bag of emotions. As I filled out my willingness to serve form this time around, after having served in 2016 and 2019, I asked a friend, “Why am I doing this again?!” The response? “Because you’re called to do it.” Continue Reading

Posted September 24, 2019

Rev. Russ Abel

Each time I have offered myself to serve as a General Conference Delegate, that has been one of the most common questions I am asked. The short answer is, I want to serve and I want to make a difference. I know that may sound simplistic or naïve, or both. But let me explain. Continue reading.

Posted September 16, 2019

You may contact members of the Indiana delegation for the 2020 General Conference at

A great way for clergy and laity to get involved, be in community, and serve is by volunteering their time and efforts to welcoming United Methodists from across the world as they gather for the 2020 General Conference, May 5 – 15, in Minneapolis, Minn. Don’t currently live near Minneapolis? Don’t let that stop you. The Annual Conference is offering volunteers different options for housing and accommodations. Visit for more information.

GC2020 Volunteer Opportunities

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You may contact members of the Indiana delegation at

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